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Pont Briwet Road and Rail Bridge

We provided funding towards the building of new rail and road bridges over the Afron Dwyryd river at Penrhyndeudraeth in Gwynedd.

Summary

Project status: completed
Start date:  2013
End date: 2015
Cost: £20.5m
Funded by: Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), Network Rail, Gwynedd Council, and Welsh Government
Delivered by: Gwynedd Council, supported by Network Rail
Photo of a train and the new bridge, courtesy of Gwynedd Council
Photo of a train and the new bridge, courtesy of Gwynedd Council

What we did

We built a new rail bridge on the Cambrian Coast Line, and a new 2 way public road including walking and cycling facilities.

The railway line now has a speed limit of 40mph across the bridge. The new bridge has reduced journey times from Meirionnydd, and has strengthened the long term integrity of the Cambrian Coast Line.

Why we did it

The previous crossing over the river was over 150 years old. There were speed restrictions of 20mph on the railway line due to the age of the bridge. The road part of the bridge was a single lane, also restricted to 20mph – this caused congestion during busy times.